Earlier today (October 15), British girl group Girls Aloud got us all fired up in anticipation of their upcoming reunion with a quick video teaser and now, their hotly tipped comeback single — the band’s first offering since 2009 — has leaked. For fans of Girls Aloud, who garnered a devoted following in their native UK for their inventive, madcap approach to pop, it’s a welcome relief to have an injection of fresh energy into the stagnant girl group scene. Watch the video teaser for “Something New” above, then listen to the full track after the jump.
A shouted “Go girls, g-g-go-go-go! / We girls gonna take control!” refrain in the opening moments evokes the Spice Girls‘ “Wannabe,” while a crystalline dance beat with hyper-processed vocals leads into the elegantly simple chorus: “All I want is something new / Something I can hold onto / I don’t wanna talk, I just wanna dance / Baby let it drop, catch me if you can.”
Given Girls Aloud’s typical style of delirious, nonsensical lyrics, this is an unusually accessible riff, and it makes “Something New” feel more radio-friendly than the zany, patchwork sound that’s become the group’s signature. But that’s not a bad thing. Given that this may be the group’s final single before disbanding for good, they’re certainly going out on a high note, with a track that feels quintessentially Aloud but retooled for 2012.
Listen to “Something New” below.